How Much Weight Will You Gain From Beverages This Year?
Ahh. Cool and refreshing. A nice way to kick back on a Friday night. Happy hours, get-togethers, parties. What better way to celebrate with your friends and family, right?
Well, if you’re trying to lose weight, it can be the worst thing for you. Something that quenches your thirst can pack on pounds quickly. Quicker than you think. After one drink, all good judgement goes out the door, and if there’s food around, forget it. Stick with a single-drink policy, or non at all. Here’s a list of drinks and their calories, and also a list of better alternatives.
Water: 0 calories
Coffee/Tea, with 3 sugar packets, 2 TBSP half & half: 85 calories
1% Milk, 8 oz: 105 calories
Orange juice, 8 oz: 120 calories
Cranberry juice, 8 oz: 140 calories
Cola, 1 can: 140 calories
Starbucks Cafe Mocha, 16oz: 260 calories
Dunkin Donuts, Frozen Caramel Cafe Coolata, Medium, Skim Milk: 450 calories
(Don’t forget my ‘sip-of-milk’ trick)
Beer, 12 oz: 155 calories
Lite Beer, 12 oz: 102 calories
Champagne flute: 100 calories
Wine Cooler, 12 oz: 230 calories
Wine, 5 oz: 125 calories
Wine Spritzer: (3 oz wine & 3 0z club soda) 50 calories
1 oz of liquor: 65 calories
Add in 6 oz soda or juice: 135 calories
LI Iced Tea, 12 0z: 500 calories
Strawberry Daiquiri, 12 oz: 900 calories
Pina Colada, 12 oz: 600 calories
Mimosa, 1/2 o.j. & half champagne, 12 oz: 130 calories
Classic Margarita, 12 0z: 660 calories
MudSlide, 12 0z: 1,100 calories!
Cosmopolitan, 12 0z: 540 calories
Martinis, 6 oz of liquor: 600 calories
EggNog with alcohol, 8 oz: 400 calories & 14 gms of fat!
Kahlua, Amaretto, Schnapps, 1 oz: 120 calories
Baileys, 1 oz: 150 calories and 7 gms of fat!
Photo Courtesy of Chris Spagnuolo
I Could Go On Forever!
Look, the bottom line is: do you want to eat or drink your calories? Drink less of these and you can eat more, OR you can lose weight without really trying. I had a woman once that drank a gallon of cranberry juice a week! That equals an extra 880 calories and week, which can equate to a 1 pound weight gain every month, and an extra 12 pounds on that butt of yours at the end of the year.
I had another client that had 16 (SIXTEEN) cups of tea a day. Tea is harmless, right? Not when you put in 3 packets of sugar in each cup. 3 packets is equivalent to one slice of bread, so she was basically eating 16 slices of bread a day!
2 glasses of wine at night with dinner? An extra 1,750 calories a week and a 2 pound weight gain a month. (or loss if you stop drinking it!)
What about those bingeing weekends? 12 beers over the weekend? 1,860 calories. Finish off a bottle of wine yourself? 600 calories.
How about 4 beers and 2 shots of tequila? 750 calories. Throw in an order of wings and some potato skins? That brings your total to 1,550 calories for the evening, not including what you ate the rest of the day.
Love this from CalWineries.com
High Calorie Cocktails vs. Fast Food
- 10 oz Margarita – 550 Calories (4 oz. tequila, 4 oz. margarita/sour mix, 2 oz. triple sec, lime juice, 1 tsp. sugar)
- 9 oz. Mai Tai – 620 Calories (3 oz. Light Rum, 2 oz. Dark Rum, 1 oz. Crème de Almond, 1 oz. Triple Sec, 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix, 1 oz. Pineapple Juice)
- 12 oz. Piña Colada – 586 Calories (3 oz. Rum, 3 oz. Coconut Cream, 6 oz. Pineapple Juice)
- 6 oz. Mud Slide – 556 Calories (1.5 oz. Vodka, 1.5 oz. Kahlua, 1.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1.5 oz. Half-and-Half)
- 10 oz. Long Island Ice Tea – 543 Calories (1.5 oz Vodka, 1.5 oz Rum, 1.5 oz Tequila, 1.5 oz Gin, 1.5 oz Triple Sec, 2 oz Sweet and Sour, 0.5 oz Cola)
- McDonald’s Big Mac®- 540 Calories
- McDonald’s Large French Fries- 500 Calories
- Pizza Hut 12 Inch Medium Pan Pepperoni Pizza (2 Slices)- 560 Calories
- Wendy’s Double Cheeseburger- 620 Calories
- Burger King’s Whopper® Sandwich- 670 Calories
- Burger King’s King Sized Onion Rings- 500 Calories
- Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla- 520 Calories
Puts things in perspective, eh? Not much different.
Photo courtesy of Chris Spagnuolo
For those of you that don’t know me, I don’t drink alcohol. When I got heavily into weight training and changed my diet drastically, I didn’t want to waste my calories. I showed up to my cousin’s house one Easter, where Pina Coladas and strawberry daiquiris were making there way around the kitchen, as well as beers and straight liquor, and I just said no. It wasn’t hard to say no, I knew what my goals were, but the looks and comments everyone gave me: you’d think I told them I started eating flamingos for breakfast every morning. It took a good couple of rounds of questioning, but then it was over. I made it through the night and never turned back. Once a year I’ll have 1 beer or 1 wine cooler type-beverage, but then I always feel tired and sluggish later on, not to mention like crap the next morning. My next day is usually ruined, It’s not worth it for me anymore.
So, what do you think? What’s your drink of choice? What was the biggest shocker here? What changes will you be making?
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